Sometimes, auto accidents resulting in injury may be shrouded in mystery. It may be unclear why the drivers involved did what they did. When that happens, it doesn’t mean that you cannot go to court, win a civil case and recover compensation. It may just mean that your case needs an experienced San Mateo vehicle accident lawyer to help you get to the bottom of that “mystery” and put together a winning case of negligence against those responsible.
Take, for example, a fatal accident from Millbrae that occurred a few months ago.
According to the Palo Alto Daily Post, the deceased was a 34-year-old woman who had been driving southbound on Highway 101. For unknown reasons, the woman steered her vehicle to the right and collided with a set of crash cushion attenuators. The vehicle bounced off the cushions and came to rest upside down in the far-left lane.
After that, a San Francisco man driving a Land Rover in the left lane hit the woman’s vehicle, sending her body flying through the air and into a temporary concrete barrier. Paramedics pronounced the woman dead at the scene.
There are a lot of assumptions that one could make about how this tragic accident unfolded but, based on the information provided in the report, that’s all they’d be… mere assumptions.
In reality, there are a large number of possible scenarios any one of which could be the true explanation for the crash. That’s why, after you’ve been injured (or you’ve lost a loved one) in an auto accident, it is important to have the right legal team on your side. That way, you can be sure that the proper investigation and discovery are done and that every stone is unturned to find out what truly happened and who was responsible.
Various Factors that Could Strengthen a Plaintiff’s Case
In the Millbrae accident, there are several things that, if discovered to be true, could point to the second driver having some culpability. If, for example, the stretch of Highway 101 where the accident occurred was, even in the middle of the night, an area with clear sightlines and good visibility, then that could point toward the Land Rover driver’s liability. Although one does not expect to find an upside-down vehicle in the left travel lane of a multi-lane highway, the law still requires all drivers, at all times, to see what they reasonably should see and take the steps a reasonable driver would take to avoid a collision.
Additionally, investigation of the second driver and the crash scene could unearth additional proof of possible liability. If, for example, the Land Rover driver was speeding, had been drinking or using drugs, or was using his smartphone at the time of the crash, that could create an argument for liability.
Always remember that, if you’ve established another driver’s negligence — and that his/her negligence played a role in your injuries — then you can recover compensation in an injury lawsuit, even if you also made errors behind the wheel. So, even if the woman was negligent in her driving, her family might still have a winning case if they could establish that the second driver also engaged in improper actions or inaction that precipitated the second impact.
Difficult or complicated cases do not necessarily mean cases doomed to defeat. With the right legal representation, even cases with “difficult” facts or high hurdles may still yield successful outcomes. For reliable answers to the questions you have about your injury accident, call upon the helpful San Mateo auto accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Galine, Frye, Fitting & Frangos. We’ve been helping people in San Mateo and the surrounding communities for decades, and we’re ready to get to work for you. To set up a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, contact us at 650-345-8484 or through our website.
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